Alma & Santa -
Alma Anne Hawkes
  • 69 years old
  • Date of birth: May 6, 1943
  • Date of passing: Feb 19, 2013



A happy Mother's day to all mothers, and of course I would like to wish Mom a happy Mother's Day as well. Thanks again to all who visit this site and help keep Alma's memory alive!

Hopefully this is somewhat legible on this site - tried posting last week and it was a disaster, I've been having all kinds of problems in the past week or so with the phone and formatting, extra/missing characters ... time to get another one I guess



Today is the 4th anniversary of Mom's passing, it always seems to come so quickly - time flies, I guess, but our memories try to keep it on a leash...

As always, thanks so much to all who visit! She would be bemused at the fuss being made over her, I'm sure.



Today would have been Mom's 73rd birthday - a beautiful late spring day down here in FL, unseasonably cool but sunny and just the kind of day she would have liked.

We are at over 8100 views, which I find quite amazing....



We have come yet again to another anniversary of Mom's passing, and as always it's hard to believe that the day is here already. What more really needs to be said? To have known her is to miss her.

There have been over 7700 views of this page - a heartfelt thanks to all who stop by to remember!



Today would have been Alma's 72nd birthday, Still working slowly but surely on a video as time and computer space allows.

Over 6300 views, that averages out to about 15-18 views every single day. Thanks to all who drop by the site!





It doesn't seem like it, but it has been 2 years since Mom passed away. For many of us that knew and love her, today might be a bit of a speed bump in our normal routines. We all go on as we have to, of course - but she is still deeply missed.

I have been in the process off and on (as my hectic schedule allows) of making a more sophisticated video of pictures and music as an addition to what we have here at I would have liked to have had it done by today but there's a bit of a learning curve for me and a lack of time.

But soon enough, I will upload a finished video for those who would like to download it for themselves so that it can be played on a USB stick/DVD/etc. without having to access the website. There will be some new pictures as well and will be in chronological order - at some point I will update the site in a similar fashion.

(I never did find a suitable video deck to play the circa-1999 Hi-8 tape we have - the search continues)

And as always, a grateful thank you to all who have visited Alma's little corner of the Internet!





OK, I think I have finally gotten the site to play nice-nice with my computer, or actually the other way around - as I said below in the comments, a belated Happy Birthday, Mom, and also Happy Mother's Day!

Thanks to all who have visited the site, closing in on 3500 views...





It's hard to believe it's been a year. Where does the time go? All of us go through the daily routines of our respective lives, and before you know it we are at the top of the wheel again…

Today is a little bit tough for me, and I am sure some of you may feel the same way. In the days leading up to this morning, the anniversary marking Mom's death was a bit of an abstract - an idea that was competing with lots of work, household chores, bills, etc. etc. for attention. It's not that I wasn't ever thinking about her, but finally having a day off with no distractions and a big cup of coffee has certainly put today into a clearer focus.

 As time has passed, I have noticed that I am having a harder time recalling individual memories of Mom, almost as if there are so many that I can't concentrate on one for any length of time. After I have gone through the  scanning project and  completed and organized the pictures in a meaningful way, hopefully we will have a site that's a bit more concise… right now it's getting to a point where there are too many pictures in one spot, like an endless slide show gone wrong. Too many different times, competing for memories.

 I hope in the future to have them arranged in eras, so that it might be easier to look at - depending on what the site's structure will allow me to do.

 At any rate, right now I could imagine her saying "Stop your foolishness!" so I have kept it short. As stated last year, she would not want tears or a big to-do over her, but today we will miss her still, and remember and reminisce a bit more than usual.

And as usual, thanks to all who have passed by here to have a look.. 




Happy New Year and a belated happy holidays to all! Dad came down to Florida this Christmas and brought the box of old negatives I asked him to bring, and wouldn't you know, I got that film scanner as a Christmas gift that I had talked about in the previous update...

It has been slow going, but the box of negatives has revealed many images that we hadn't seen in decades. Dad has uploaded a few vintage pictures of Mom, and I will be uploading more pictures as I come across them. The pictures span several decades and locales - some color, some old black and white..... but will no doubt be interesting for many of us to see. 

Thanks to all of you who visit the site!




Well, it's been a shade over 6 months now since Mom passed away, been thinking about her quite a bit lately.

And as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a couple more pictures while I was visiting Angela - and she also had a small box of very vintage slides from the late 60's (back when everyone used to bore all thier friends and relatives with thier vacation pictures!).

I uploaded one slide scan, which is admittedly of poor quality, but my plan is to scan the slides and the giant pile of negatives we have with a proper photo scanner. I suspect there are a lot of pictures that have not been seen in years, or the prints are long gone.

Dan and I have not yet managed to link up to get the video transferred, hopefully we can do that soon.

A special shout out to the newly married couple, Andrew and Rebecca Dawson - two of Mom's favorite people!



A happy post Cinco De Mayo to all (somewhat of an excuse for an informal holiday here in Florida, I suspect it goes un-noticed in The Great White North).

As it turns out, Sies De Mayo.... The Sixth Of May.... is Alma's birthday, and she would have turned 70 today.

It's a beautiful day in FL, unseasonably cool in the low-mid 70's in the late morning - a perfect day for her to open the windows and sliding glass door, and have a cup of tea. 

I have uploaded the soundtrack playlists that i talked about a couple of weeks ago, and at some point when Dan and I can get together, we'll be going through some old video tapes to see if we have any footage of Mom - I seem to recall taking some when we visited them in London in 1999. But, my old video player doesn't want to work anymore so I'll borrow one of Dan's to see if there's anything on the tapes.

Thanks again to all who stop by the site, hopefully the weather is as nice wherever all of you may be!



    Alrighty - seems like it's always user error or using an outdated browser...

I have managed to upload another soundtrack to fill in some of the blanks of Mom's favorite music - as always, plenty of old country and 60's/70's classic Jamaican music - but also her "new age" favorites such as Phil Coulter and even a bit of Gaither gospel  and good ol' Stompin' Tom Connors (an extra special RIP and tip o' the hat to the recently departed Mr. Connors, the iconic and much loved king of Canadian country music!). 

So, lots of music, i will probably cycle between the old soundtrack and new one from time to time.

there have been a few people who have liked the old soundtrack enough to comment or email, etc. - i'll make a song list for both at some point, as some of the tunes are a bit obscure for those who aren't record collector nerds (like me).

   And finally for now, somehow this little page has generated over a thousand views!  thanks to all who have had a look - i try and add some content whenever i can ( Dad is a big contributor as well ) to keep myself amused and to keep the site interesting for others who may also like to drop in and visit.

as always, thanks again for looking!




  Been busy getting back into the grind of daily life back in Florida, but I do have more pictures to put up and another soundtrack that doesn't want to upload.... tomorrow I'll be working on both of those issues. Thanks to all who have visited the page, I can't believe there have been so many views...



   Our family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the well-wishers who stopped by for the visitation on Sunday, and also to those who attended the service on Monday morning. We were utterly amazed at the number of people who came out - I would estimate 200 people or better for the visitation, and not too many short of that for the service.

  We would also like to thank the many people who have offered their time, food, support, etc. - far too many to list here, but please know that we are very grateful for all of your assistance, and it has made the burden of Alma's passing much easier to bear. To friends and family who helped care for her during her declining health, we also offer our sincerest thanks. It is clear that she was loved by many here in the area where she was born and raised.

  This site will remain here indefinitely, in order for those of her friends that didn't find out right away to have a chance to put up a picture, say something, or just look around. And of course, for those of us in the future who may just wish to visit to look at pictures, and reminisce, and hopefully have a chuckle or two. I still have a fair amount of pictures to go through and scan, I am sure there will be some good ones to put up!

Again, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support and kind words.

my sincerest regards,

Chris Hawkes


Thank you on behalf of our family for visiting this memorial page dedicated to the memory of Alma A. Hawkes, my mother. If you knew her at some point and you wish to, please feel free to leave a comment, or a story, or even upload a picture.

  This will be a work in progress for me initially, as I try and remember things, find pictures, etc. that made up the essence of who she was - she lived in many different places and lived an interesting, if somewhat shortened life. Some visitors will know her from the years she spent living and working in Clearwater, FL, and others still will remember her during her time spent living, at various times, in Jamaica, India, England, and The Philippines  as well as in several places in Canada.

     Her international friends are especially encouraged to leave a comment - after all, this site exists to bring together all of her friends from the four corners of the Earth, and from all eras of her life.

     So, although we are very sad to see her go and will miss her greatly, let's remember the good times and stories - because she wasn't one to have people feeling sorry for her, and wouldn't want us to shed too many a tear for her, unless it was for a good laugh....


edit: For those who are looking for more information re: the viewing/visitation, flowers, etc., you can find the information via the following link for Davidson's Funeral Home:

Additionally, for those who really do wish to send flowers, I am told that Brookdale Nursery is a local florist. Their number is (506) 622-3424.... and a bit more digging has even turned up a website:

To all of you in advance, we thank you for your condolences - they are gratefully appreciated. Thanks again for taking the time to look!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by lois Hare on 19th February 2017

"Hard to believe that Four Years have passed, when we thought we would never get through that first month.  Still miss you, with every Avon trip and every Sundown.  They bring back wonderful memories of our fun times when we played, shared, laughed and sometimes cried together.  Thank you for the lessons you taught me, the wise words, the sage advice and the funny stories and the quips.  Miss you very much.  Love you......"

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 19th February 2017

"Today is the fourth anniversary of Alma's passing. Time is going too fast, but the memories of Alma with my terrific family will never pass."

This tribute was added by Daniel Hawkes on 6th May 2016

"Happy Birthday mom, and as always , belated Cinco de Mayo, and early Happy Mothers day. Love you forever."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 6th May 2016

"Alma's 73rd birthday. As I review the photos, listen to her favorite music and read through all the comments on the website, I smile for all the family memories and shed a few tears at the same time.


This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 19th February 2016

"I up loaded a booklet that Angela produced in kindergarten that I found recently. A fitting tribute to Alma."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 19th February 2016

"For three years now, we have been living without you,  and missing you all the time.  So many reminders,  words I hear, stories, my deliveries - alone, time with Andy and your children.  Still miss you and still Love you.  They say life goes on and I guess it does, but not comfortably."

This tribute was added by rebecca Cleary on 19th February 2016

"Thinking of Alma, Andy and family today. <3"

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 8th May 2015

"Had to be out of town on your Birthday, so am writing a tribute now.
Thought of you all day as I often do.  By the way, Thanks for the "Buck up Little Camper" comment when I needed it last week.  It worked yet again, and I got through the moment.  Just one of the million things you taught me that I am given when I need it.  Thanks, Allie.  I am a better person for being born your Cousin and becoming you Sista.  Love and Prayers......."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 8th May 2015

"Had to be out of town on your Birthday, so am writing a tribute now.
Thought of you all day as I often do.  By the way, Thanks for the "Buck up Little Camper" comment when I needed it last week.  It worked yet again, and I got through the moment.  Just one of the million things you taught me that I am given when I need it.  Thanks, Allie.  I am a better person for being born your Cousin and becoming you Sista.  Love and Prayers......."

This tribute was added by Angela Hawkes on 7th May 2015

"There are some people you never forget. Alma is one of them."

This tribute was added by Angela Hawkes on 7th May 2015

"Today I had the stones to look at this. Mom was so incredibly strong. And of course, she had to have her birthday next to Mother's Day. She was insanely courageous, a great cook, and I would back away from her with a pinto and a machete. There was so much to love, but I think I admire most is her courage and adaptability. And creative use of words."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 6th May 2015

"Happy 72nd Birthday, Alma. At least you're not getting older like the rest of us. Love, Andy"

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 19th February 2015

"Alma, it's been two years and I still miss you every day."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 19th February 2015

"You are right about the bump in the road, Chris.  Loosing Alma was one thing; living on without her is quite another.  I am reminded where I was two years ago today as we rallied around her to tell her that She is Loved and to say our Good-byes.  You are right, life does go on, albeit differently than before.....   Love and good memories........."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 5th February 2015

"Andrew, thinking of you today.  Anniversaries are weird when they are celebrated by one.  Hugs to you."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 5th February 2015

"Today would have been our 48th anniversary. Alma is forever missed.


This tribute was added by Chris Hawkes on 3rd August 2014


Well, I just got back a week ago or so from New Brunswick for Sandy & Sara's wedding; as usual, not enough time to see everyone and everything. But being back in Blackville reminded me of summer 2010 when Kathryn and I visited.

I wish i could stay up there for a few weeks or a month or so, thanks to everyone for a great (if too brief) time.

We are at over 4000 views! I will be posting more new old pictures that Dad ran across, and hopefully will be able to tackle the rest of the negatives that i have to find more - thanks to all of you who take the time to stop by!


This tribute was added by Kathryn Hawkes on 11th May 2014

"Happy Mother's Day, Alma.  I couldn't have asked for a better mother-in-law.  I miss you very much."

This tribute was added by Chris Hawkes on 7th May 2014

"for some reason, I can't edit the main header and save it - but a belated Happy Birthday. Mom!



This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 5th May 2014

"Happy 71st Birthday, Alma. I still miss you every day."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 1st March 2014

"Thinking of Alma this morning.  Am grappling for a description.  It is rather like loosing a digit on your hand.  Say the index finger.  It is throbbing and bleeding and hurts.  With time passing, the wound site heals, it does not bleed any more or throb so much.  Every time you go to do anything, you are strickingly aware that finger is gone.  and you must sort out another way of doing things without the use, presence, and assistance of that finger.  You will adapt. You will never not know that it is missing.  It does not ever come back and you must adjust.  Albeit, awkwardly, but you must still use your hand on a daily basis.  
  Just some musings from my mind, as we live on and try to cope , carrying memories daily and the belief that someday, somewhere we will be together again......."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 20th February 2014

"Well, it is hard to believe that a year has passed without Alma.  Sometimes it seems like just weeks or something and other times it seems like I have not heard her voice laughing for so very long.  Still miss you every time I go on the road to do my work.  You always came with me and I miss you."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 19th February 2014

"I have thought about Alma every day for the past year. Today is the1st anniversary of her death. Reviewing all of the photos on this site brings back a lot of wonderful memories of our life together and all the places we have been."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 1st January 2014

"This was my first Christmas without Alma since we first met in 1964 - 49 years ago. I spent the holiday season in Florida with Chris, Dan & Angela - and families. We reminisced about the many happy times at Christmas in various locations - especially Kingston, Beaconsfield, Clearwater & Knaphill. Alma was sadly missed this year but was with us in spirit. One memorable Christmas when the family was together was in 1998, when Alma supervised the cooking of Christmas dinner in Clearwater after a 6 hour session in the hospital cath lab on Christmas Eve. We will always have the memories."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 21st August 2013

"Message for Alma,  I was driving home this week and what did I see for my pleasure, but a big beautiful sunset.  And you would have made your "Sailor's delight " comment.  Just like the ones we so enjoyed.  Thought crossed my mind that you sent that to me.  Thank you, although I need no reminder of you.  Think of you daily.  Miss you."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 14th July 2013

"Well, the summer is running on.  I miss you and our Summertime activities.  The outside and the BBQs.  I guess I just miss you."

This tribute was added by Angela Hawkes on 7th May 2013

"What a beautiful page. It took me a long time to look at it, but it's a gorgeous tribute. Mom was an awesome human being and I'd never choose anybody else for a mother--mostly because the way she taught me to be a female was to be a lady, but be educated and tough as nails when need be. She was such an intelligent, intuitive well-read person. I love her and miss her."

This tribute was added by Andrew Hawkes on 6th May 2013

"Today is Alma's 70th birthday. We had our 47th wedding anniversary on February 5th. It was a great run. Those who knew her well know that she could be very difficult at times. But, I have trouble remembering any of the hard times, and no problem with the many good times. To quote Kris Kristofferson (one of her favorites): "Loving her was easier than anything I'll ever do again.""

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 6th May 2013

"Happy Birthday Alma.  Missing you on your Day.  Missing you all the time.  Lonely for you.  Thanks for all you shared with me, I am reminded of something every day.  I go on believing that you are restored  to the perfect state in which He brought you here.  and that you are completely healed and happy.  Thank you God for this remarkable lady who called me Favourite Cousin/Sista......."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 19th March 2013

"Well, time has passed one month since God chose you.  I know they say time heals, but as yet, it has not.  Miss you everyday, usually several times a day.  I try to concentrate on the good memories and the great times we shared, rather than feeling lonely for you.  Part of me went with you, but gratefully part of you stayed with me.  Love,"

This tribute was added by rebecca Cleary on 19th March 2013

"I love seeing all the pictures of Alma & her beautiful family. She was an amazingly beautiful women from inside out. I knew from the day I met her & Andy they were a special couple & loved hanging out with them both. Miss her dearly, especially on nights we are in Renous. She knew how to liven up a gathering. She left a wonderful legacy & she touched many - including me. Love you Alma -Xx."

This tribute was added by Sandra & Fred Demars on 25th February 2013

"We first met the Hawkes's in 1975 in Kingston Jamaica. Alma befriended me and became a great friend. We continued our friendship in Montreal. Later we came in contact with each other over the years. Alma was always a joy and pleasure to be with. And we also had many laughs and good times. Sadly she will be missed.
**Great music--Chris."

This tribute was added by Eve Gerlach on 24th February 2013

"Alma was an amazing woman--my "other mom." She looked out for her family all of the time, and my heart is with her. Angela, Chris, Dan, and Andrew, I am very sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Fredrica Givan on 24th February 2013

"I worked with Alma at Harvey's studios in the early 60's.  What a character Alma was,  Always curious and she had an awesome memory.  I hadn't seen Alma in years but I was looking forward to seeing her this coming summer at  her cottage St. George. Alma was a generous, kind-hearted person. She will be Always remembered definitely missed.  Rest in peace , old friend."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Bryant on 23rd February 2013

I worked with your Mom in Philippines and India she was a great person and made us enjoy life no matter where we were in the world.  She always had a good outlook on life and taught me that home is where we live and it doesn't have to be ones birth place. I will remember her kindness and all of the laughter. It was an adventure we will never forget. Life is short lived but our memories live"

This tribute was added by Anne Young on 22nd February 2013

"Chris, this a beautiful tribute to your mom.  She was loved and will be missed by many!!"

This tribute was added by Anne Young on 22nd February 2013

"Alma, you will be missed by many!  You were such a fun person to be around.  I remember our trip to Clearwater, Florida with Burnice & Lloyd about 15 years ago and we had such a good time with you.  I can still remember her telling stories and Burnice, Lloyd, Carmen and I laughing soooo hard.  She kept us laughing for about two hours. Thanks for the good times!  Rest in peace my dear lady!"

This tribute was added by Ruth Henry on 22nd February 2013

"beautiful pictures Chris your mother was a very lovely lady . I will always remember the times we had growing up and all the times she made me laugh . I will miss her so much  love Ruth you were my favor cousin and we had great Sundays together as kids ."

This tribute was added by Ruth Henry on 22nd February 2013

"My heart is broken  but I will always remember and cherish all my childhood  days I spent with you . And  all the laughs and talks we had  when we got together Love Ruth .God has one more angel  with him now  ."

This tribute was added by lois Hare on 21st February 2013

"Miss you Allie.  Our day trips and our discoveries.  The sunsets shared, the books shared, the times we just sat and reasoned, our shared love of Reggae, our delivery trips, and shopping trips, and all the time we spent together over the years.  Your BFF and Fav Cousin,  lo"

This tribute was added by Lourdes Buggie Bell on 21st February 2013

"I will miss you Alma. You had a lot of wisdom. I will never forget the time I spent with you at Larry's Gulch I never laughed so hard in my entire life. You were a great story teller. RIP"

This tribute was added by Beth Bradbury on 21st February 2013

"So sorry to hear of Alma's passing, my thoughts & prayers are with you all. Love Beth, Darrell & Rowie"

This tribute was added by Sharon Tucker on 21st February 2013

"Had many laughs, late nites and a few Bingo games with Alma.  She had a good life and seen a lot.  Will miss her but not near as much as my Mom will.  Considered her part of the family.  Pictures of her are beautiful."

This tribute was added by colleen tucker on 21st February 2013

"We will all miss you alma and love you very much"

This tribute was added by Jill Flanagan on 21st February 2013

"Will miss Alma so much.  Always had such a great time when we were together.  The hardest I ever laughed was one night while on a fishing trip at Larry's Gulch when Alma entertained us (Mom, Peggy, Sharon, Lou and Rebecca) while the boys were out fishing and we all know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so can't even mention what we did there!  A great loss for all of us."

This tribute was added by Donna Et Daren McEvoy on 21st February 2013

"Love this site Chris!! We loved your mom so much ❤❤"

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